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Published: 01 May 2023
Figure 1. A Smurf inside the apartment instructs Akerman's character to “Go Home!” Saute ma ville (dir. Chantal Akerman, Belgium, 1968) More
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Published: 01 May 2023
Figure 3. Akerman's character picks up a bouquet, sets a small fire above the stove, and comes to rest. Saute ma ville (dir. Chantal Akerman, Belgium, 1968) More
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Published: 01 December 2023
Figure 8. “Character Analysis through Color,” Paint Merchandising Council, 1956. Box 7, Folder 1, Faber Birren Papers, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University More
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Camera Obscura (2013) 28 (3 (84)): 67–101.
Published: 01 December 2013
... Schmid), Fränze (Helen Vita), Cilly (Annemarie Düringer), Trude (Irm Hermann), the Whore of Babylon (uncredited), the waitress (Elke Haltaufderheide), and Mieze (Barbara Sukowa). Across successive episodes, these minor characters offer a version of seriality inside the serial form that is Berlin...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 63–93.
Published: 01 September 2020
..., nonplayer characters, framing devices, or divinities, players regularly hear voices without seeing their source. While many games leave voices off-screen for reasons of technical and economic constraint, developers may restrict voices in this manner for other reasons as well—or at least with other...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (1 (112)): 1–29.
Published: 01 May 2023
... party. Elena remains calm, telling Wendy to get dressed, the mother—herself compromised by infidelity—seeing in her daughter an inheritance of moral transgression. Such characterizations are largely the film's invention. In Moody's novel, Wendy is a more ambiguous character. It does not construct...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (2 (71)): 161–183.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Ewan Kirkland This article explores construction and representation of masculinity in the “survival horror” video-game series Silent Hill . Noting the dominance of traditional male characters and masculine themes within the video-game medium, the Silent Hill franchise is seen as deviating from...
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Camera Obscura (2009) 24 (3 (72)): 1–39.
Published: 01 December 2009
... adorable characters both naturalized and eroticized the racial exploitation these films celebrated. For in her performances of complex racial, sexual, and gendered masquerades, Temple's characters engaged in forms of passing that were crucial to the domestication of blackness during this period. Camera...
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Camera Obscura (2014) 29 (2 (86)): 1–33.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Anthony Reed This article situates Spike Lee's neglected collaboration with Suzan-Lori Parks, Girl 6 (US, 1996), as part of a broader shift in Lee's understandings of race in the neoliberal era. Its main character, simply called Girl 6 (Theresa Randle), aspires to be an actress, but after...
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Camera Obscura (2018) 33 (3 (99)): 103–127.
Published: 01 December 2018
... through the characters she develops and the milieus that dominate her cinema. While there is an absence of glamour, romance, and sentimentality, the characters also do not dwell in a state of material precarity; the insecurity they face is instead personal and social. Three tendencies distinguish Ade...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 1–35.
Published: 01 September 2020
... photographs, seen as the public culmination of Jenner’s gender transition, and Almodóvar’s fictional film, centered on the forced surgical sex reassignment of one of its characters, both comment on the role of technically produced images in constructing visually articulated bodily materiality as central...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 175–183.
Published: 01 September 2017
... the assumed heteronormativity of the characters in the script as well as by not limiting who can be cast as each character: a straight white man, for instance, can find himself playing a queer woman of color. Coffee troubles the idea of the gaze in the sense of being a transparent production wherein...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (2 (95)): 185–192.
Published: 01 September 2017
... the usual flow of information between the player and their player-character. In this text-based Twine game, players assume the role of an unnamed, unknown “you” as you spend a final moment with your lover. Made for the prompt “Ten Seconds,” its most notable feature is an omnipresent ten-second timer. When...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (1 (67)): 47–67.
Published: 01 May 2008
...Michael DeAngelis With Russell Crowe character attributes that might code the star as a narcissistic diva are recontextualized, constructing an authentic figure whose occasional acting out enhances his masculinity rather than feminizing him. This article contrasts the notion of the performer...
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Camera Obscura (2023) 38 (3 (114)): 7–33.
Published: 01 December 2023
...Gabriel Bloomfield Abstract This essay reckons with the representation of queer sexualities and modes of reading in Jonathan Lynn's Clue (US, 1985). The film, originally a box office flop that has become a cult classic, deploys the character of Mr. Green to concentrate and dispel its queer energies...
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Published: 01 December 2021
Figure 2. LOGOtv's Facebook posts joke about the queer identities of Bewitched 's stars and characters, while FamilyNet's posts emphasize the family-friendly patriarchal nature of the show, highlighting here that its signature opening animations were made by a kid-friendly animation studio. More
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (1 (73)): 1–27.
Published: 01 May 2010
... to become apparent. When, for instance, a recurring ghostly tracking shot insistently links Rebecca and Rope in defiance of a general critical segregation, it becomes necessary to retest the boundaries of character and diegesis on which criticism habitually relies. Taking up residence between and beyond his...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 69–99.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... In the characterization of its leading players the film is thus unremarkable — ­we have seen these kinds of (white) characters before. The only character that does not directly recall predict- able models is Arnold. Unlike the roles of Justin and Tessa, which were given to A-­list English actors...
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Camera Obscura (2010) 25 (2 (74)): 119–159.
Published: 01 September 2010
...”—is associated with wild nature, while a “good” woman enacts the taming of nature. While the film clearly villainizes Tierney's character, it derives much of its odd tone and powerful impact from the way it also renders her fascinating and fabulous, largely by associating her with outdoor landscapes. The film's...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 26 (3 (78)): 155–165.
Published: 01 December 2011
... the binary schema between the evil character and the good protagonist, for whose voice I exaggerate purity and honesty. There is a binary between the young woman at a restaurant and Namie, too. I characterize the former as sweet and cute, while I project pride in narrating Namie, a daughter...